Editorial- Dean Selection Thorough, Successful
On Feb. 1, Margaret A. Jablonski began her position as associate dean for residence and campus activities. Jablonski was appointed to the office formerly held by James R. Tewhey, who stepped down last April amid charges and counter-charges of sexual harassment. In her short time at MIT, Jablonski has already established herself as a motivated figure who is ready to take up the responsibilities of an effective associate dean for the students.
Jablonski has demonstrated an interest in student affairs and shown concern for the general well-being of students. She has already visited two dormitories to speak with students and has opened necessary dialogue with the Undergraduate Association and the Graduate Student Council. Jablonski appears to be genuinely receptive to student suggestions and has many good ideas about a variety of student issues, including discipline, harassment, and housing.
MIT's proceedings in the selection of Jablonski are to be commended for soliciting student involvement. Graduate and undergraduate students joined faculty and administrators to form last summer's committee that evaluated applicants for the position.
The role of RCA dean requires frequent contact with students and effective communication skills. Thus, including students in the selection process was an important and necessary step to ensure the appointment of the most promising candidate.
The Jablonski selection demonstrates that student involvement can have a beneficial result. This practice should be continued with other issues affecting student and campus life, including changes in food services, the academic curriculum, and the Institute calendar.